Bones and Silence (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #11)

Bones and Silence (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #11)

by Reginald Hill

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One woman dead and one threatening to die set Yorkshire's police superintendent Dalziel and Inspector Pascoe on a chilling hunt for a killer and a potential suicide. A drunken Dalziel witnesses the murder that others insist is a tragic accident. Meanwhile the letters of an anonymous woman say she plans to kill herself in a spectacular way...unless Pascoe can find her first. Dalziel has been picked to play God in a local Mystery Play, but can he live up to his role by solving this puzzling psychological thriller...or unveiling the passions and perversions that lie hidden in the human heart?

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ISBN-13: 9780440209355
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1991
Series: Dalziel and Pascoe Series , #11
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 443
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Reginald Hill was widely published both in England and the United States. He received Britain’s most coveted mystery writers’ award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the Golden Dagger for his Dalziel/Pascoe series. He died in 2012.

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Bones and Silence 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Crypto-Willobie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't want to rain on anyone's parade about how great Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe books are -- and I've read only this one -- but here's how this one struck me. It was OK -- and the comparisons to Dexter's Morse series and Rendell's Wexford series are apropos. It's one of those gritty but sensitive, eccentric but universal Detective Inspector and his crew things that the Brits do so well (and frequently), though I wouldn't say it was as good as a Rendell. But the thing I haven't noticed any reviewer mention is that the character of Dalziel (which is apparently accounted the supremely witty crowning glory of the series) seems a straight cop from Joyce Porter's Inspector Dover - rude, sottish, gluttonous, cynical, stuck-up, bullheaded, larger-than-life (and larger than everyone else). Dalziel is a bit less clueless than Dover, but I kept feeling as if the cast of a Rendell novel had hired Dover after Wexford died and then moved up North. Like I said, it was OK. Sorry...
ChrisWildman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of the many Dalziel Pascoe novels I read , this was the one I remember being the most moved by, The bones and silence remain long after you close the final pages.
neotradlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are sooooooo many mediocre mysteries out there. After all, Sturgeon¿s Revelation applies to mysteries as well as science fiction. It is no wonder that when readers find a good series, they read all of it. Since most of my mystery reading is done while driving, I am limited to books I can find on cassette. When I replace my 99 Civic, maybe I will be able to expand to CDs, but by then, I might skip a generation and go digital/IPOD.This explains how I happened on the Dalziel/Pascoe series. It was available on tape. Series are a plus for drivers, who need a steady supply of good but not too serious titles. Most series continue because at least some readers think it is worth purchasing. Being a fan of P.D. James and Martha Grimes, I have rather high standards for British police procedurals. Hill meets them.Dalziel, (pronounced DL) by my narrator, is a very different cup of tea than Dalgliesh or Jury, or even Morse. Beyond eccentric and more like a rouge / cowboy American PI than a proper Brit. Profane, rude almost beyond credibility, intuitive to a point that would horrify most police officers, he is nevertheless right most of the time. Usually, it is the PI who fills this role, with the police playing straight man. Thus, it is up to poor Peter Pascoe to play by the rules. Dalziel¿s subordinate, Pascoe is a sensitive man, with an even more sensitive wife.Without going into what is a comfortingly twisty plot, Dalziel is playing God, not just in the case at hand, but in a production of the Mystery Plays being presented locally. Add in a questionable suicide that Dalziel is a near witness to, a missing deadbeat dad, a rift between Pascoe and his wife and the story is involving and a puzzle to those who like that. I don¿t know if the rest of the series is this good, but I will find out
jeanned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dalziel gets picked to play God in a medieval mystery play, both otherwise not worth the ride